Bristly Dabs Download

Hello Everyone,

Here is my newest set of variants called Bristly Dabs.  Thanks to David Gell, Master of all things Painter,made the sets backward compatible to Painter IX.  You will notice that two sets are available for download.  One called doesn’t use the expression rotation.  The other set called uses the expression rotation with several variant.  Use them with the Art Pens for the Wacom Intuos 3, 4 or Cintiqs.  If you have an art pen, do download the zip file with Rtn in its name.

I have two videos about how to use the brushes in my blog post of 9/29/11, be sure and look at them for tips and tricks with the brushes.  Here are a few of the points covered:

  1. In Painter 12, not necessary in earlier versions, go to Window > Brush Control Panel > Well and make sure to check Brush Loading.
  2. Brushes are extremely pressure sensitive.  They are working with my global Brush Tracking settings and in some cases I set Brush Calibration to achieve the look I wanted.  You will need to tweak Brush Calibration for the way you paint.
  3. These variants will blend sort of like Artist’s Oils, but they are Captured Dabs, which cannot use the Artist’s Oils control panel.  Light pressure helps with blending.  If you pick up the brush, you will apply the main color again.

Please look at the post about Bristly Dabs for more complete information.

Bristly Dabs Download

Now that we have Painter 12.1, I have added two downloads that will load automatically into Painter 12.1 and above.  Please see the page about Brush Management for Painter 12.1 for instructions.  One download will load a library with the brushes, the other will load a category into the library of your choice.

Bristly Dab Library

Bristly Dab Category

I hope you enjoy the brushes,


24 responses to “Bristly Dabs Download

  1. hi Skip…these look incredible and loved your assessment of Tim and TAQ…..couldn’t agree more…anyway this is enough to get me to go back and try Painter 12…thanks

    mike cetta

  2. These are truly fabulous Skip. It was great to watch Tim use them. Will be trying these very very soon. I am sure they will be in my favorites category. Thanks so very much for your expertise and generosity. Hugs, Kathy

    • Hi Kathy,

      Thank you so much. I value your opinion and love your work. I can’t wait for you to try them. I enjoying watching Tim, too.

      Hope you have a fun time on your trip.


    • Hi Kathy,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I adore your work. Your color sense is amazing and I love the way you handle any variant. You exemplify that it isn’t the brush but the artist using the brush that makes a difference. I am so excited that you like these variants.
      Thanks again and I’ll take a look at your post at PT and TAQ,

  3. THANK YOU – thank you – thank you!!! (did I say thank you enough?!!!)
    I find your work inspiring and enlightening.
    I do not have a great deal of experience with painting or drawing and every tip or brushes etc you have created has been very helpful.
    I am very interested in trying to paint with thick strokes similar to leonid afremov-style. Even though Painter 12 is amazing since earlier versions (I have it since 9th version) I am still confounded with trying to replicate that style.
    Any suggestions would be greately appreciated.
    Please continue in your efforts.

    Amature Stan!

    • Hi Stan,

      Thank you very much for you comment and thanks for stopping by.

      Your question is a pretty tough one. Mr. Afremov paints with a palette knife and Painter does have palette knives, and while they are good, I haven’t been able to use them the way I would like. I made a set of brushes called Skip’s Thick Paint and a few of those come close to doing what I want and something similar to Afremov’s work.

      You can set some of Skip’s Thick Paint to use dirty mode, which is found of the brush property bar for Artist’s Oils Variants. And some of them will sample multiple colors in the mixer pad. Both of those features play heavily in Afremov’s work. If you are not familiar with sample multiple colors, you can find information about it in my blog at

      Hope the tip is helpful. Good luck and let me know how you progress.


  4. Wow, thank you Skip for replying so quickly and thank you for the content. I will try these and let you know. I am confident that Painter will develop some simpler way to deal with this issue in the future but until it does please don’t forget to include tips and tricks in the near future!


  5. I’m a photographer and am new to Corel Painter12. It’s been a huge learning curve for me but your tutorials and downloads have been invaluable. I just wanted to say thanks so much!

    • Thank you Marie,

      I appreciate the comment more than you know. You are keeping me motivated to post.

      A lot of photographers use Painter…it is a great blend of tools. Add to it Photoshop, which I am sure you have and your tools are very powerful.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  6. Skip, can I ask one more question? Can these brushes be used as cloner brushes so I can pick up the color of an underlying photograph? I tried moving the resaturation slider down to 0% and also clicked on the Clone Color icon but neither did the trick. I’d love to get the thick paint effect that your brushes offer but had hoped to pick up the colors in my photos. Thanks again for any help you can offer.

    • Hi Marie,

      Yes they can be used as clone brushes, but there is more to it than having an underlying photograph. If you want to use the underlying photograph, then set the layer to pick up underlying color, but that isn’t cloning. To clone open your photograph and go to File > Quick Clone, which will open an new document is your target for the clone. It is a rather complex subject. If you will go here you will find a video on cloning. I have several, but start with this one, which describes the process in Painter 12. Once you set up a clone source and target, then the brushes can clone.

      Hope this helps,

  7. Hi Skip,
    Thanks so much for these wonderful brushes. I downloaded them this evening, and my partner and I spent several hours playing with them and we had an absolute ball. We love the look of heavy, thick oils that they let us achieve.
    However we were wondering if you cover, in a future blog post or webinar, how to use the palette knives in Painter 12 to get that thick slab of paint that is seen so often in traditional oil painting? We would really appreciate the help, as we simply cannot figure them out.

    Jay (Brisbane)

    • Hey Jay,
      I understand…palette knives are a bit hard to handle. Try going to Angle and change the Expression to Tilt, Bearing, or if you have an Art Pen try rotation. That will help with moving the knife around. I will try and do something with them soon.

      Thanks for asking,

  8. Hello Skip,

    Thanks for the great brushes, your blog is a terrific resource!
    I imported your Bristly Dabs category into Painter 12.2 and have had fun playing with them. I particularly liked SA Impasto 5-M-N, but while messing around I selected the “circular” dab type and discovered I couldn’t go back to the captured mode. Painter gave this message: “You must first capture a brush before this brush can be built”. The brush remains circular even though ‘Captured’ is selected.
    I tried deleting and then re-importing a fresh download of Bristly Dabs, but no dice. Unfortunately Painter isn’t allowing the original brush to work correctly. Thoughts?

    • Hi Steven,

      This is a mystery…especially about the re-import.

      1. When you first tried to go back to the captured dab, how did you do that? Did you go to General and change the Dab to Captured and you got the error message? Or, did you click on the reset button on the far left of the property bar? I think you may have gotten the dab back if you had hit reset, but sometimes that doesn’t work either.

      2. OK, so you re-imported and nothing changed. That’s the really strange one. Did you remove the first import prior to the second import? If not, the second import will come in with a number 1 added to it to identify that it is a different import from the original import. It will not over write it. If you didn’t see this second file, then the import didn’t work. If you are using that Bristly Dab.brushcategory, the category will be imported into your currently active brush library, which means that you probably have the second imported category in one of your brush libraries…check them all out.

      If you cannot find it, here is what I would do.
      1. Remove the Bristly Dabs Category.
      2. Re-import the category into the same brush library and check to see if it worked.
      3. If it didn’t, remove the category again and re-download the category. Maybe something got corrupted and you need a fresh download.

      If that didn’t work, I will be glad to have a live session with you and take a look at what is happening.

      Hope this has been helpful,

  9. Hello Skip,
    I am watching a video you made some time back. (All your videos are beneficial, even the old ones.:) ) This is where you created a rose with the video, Impasto – 3. I have your Bristly Dab brush category but there is no palette knives in it, to make the rose. Do you have advice on how I could get these or make them myself?
    Thanks so much, Linda

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